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Racing => Front Wheel Drive => Topic started by: joestram on March 20, 2017, 04:08:30 PM

Title: Racing a modern Alfa
Post by: joestram on March 20, 2017, 04:08:30 PM
Hi There,

I was thinking about racing a modern Alfa.

I see there are a few 156 selespeeds being raced.

Can you race a manual twin spark gtv instead?

Is there a guideline/checklist to follow to prepare the car?

Also, how often are the races and what fees are involved?

Do roll cages need to be installed in modern cars?

Thanks

Joe

Title: Re: Racing a modern Alfa
Post by: bazzbazz on March 20, 2017, 09:39:50 PM
I see there are a few 156 selespeeds being raced.

REALLY!  Who and where. Would love to take mine for a spin on the track.

Baz
Title: Re: Racing a modern Alfa
Post by: Neil Choi on March 20, 2017, 09:59:05 PM
Yep.
Title: Re: Racing a modern Alfa
Post by: joestram on March 20, 2017, 10:09:22 PM
Thanks Neil.

What's required to get the car ready?

I see yours is still registered.

Thanks

Joe


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Title: Re: Racing a modern Alfa
Post by: bazzbazz on March 20, 2017, 11:37:34 PM
Neil, from the observations that your car -

A/ Is still registered
B/ Has no roll cage
C/ Have no other cars near it

Would I be correct in assuming you were at a "Happy Laps" event or some form of timed event?

Love the car by the way, almost identical to my "Ruby". Just love that colour.

Baz
Title: Re: Racing a modern Alfa
Post by: Neil Choi on March 27, 2017, 10:15:55 PM
Bog standard 156 TS, registered, drive to track, race around, drive home and drive to work.  Most times!!!
Using it for sprinting and have fun, will only go as fast as what it is.  That pic was recently at Winton.  Also raced around for a 1 hr and a 2 hr stints at Alfa 10hr 2015 and drove home 2 hrs.
To run the 156, standard service, good oil, good fluids, good road tyres and good pads.  The only thing we did was put in a race seat and a harness.
Good fun being out there with all the Alfa boys, we just drive it for what it is.
We also drive our race car for what it is, different aims, different feel and different purpose.
So get one, whatever it is, get it out there and just drive it first (without doing a lot of work and spending a lot of money).
Title: Re: Racing a modern Alfa
Post by: joestram on April 01, 2017, 04:17:12 PM
Thanks for the replies Neil.

I have found a very cheap 99 GTV 3lt.

Will that be eligible to race?

Is the only reason for the TS due to better balance?

Thanks

Joe
Title: Re: Racing a modern Alfa
Post by: Neil Choi on April 01, 2017, 06:54:50 PM
In sprints you can drive whatever you like.  In race you can also drive whatever you like except it needs to have a cage.  Sprint and race are different to each other.  The GTV 3L if caged, you can race in Alfa Racing, our own race event within Alfa Club or in Improved production and other categories etc outside Alfa Club, ie state rounds.
3L vs 2L, your choice, with obvious handling and power difference.
Title: Re: Racing a modern Alfa
Post by: joestram on April 03, 2017, 10:50:11 PM
Thanks again Neil.

Just a couple other questions -

Can you race the 156 v6 with the q System? Are they similar to the selespeed or are a lot slower?

Can you race a spider? I have found a nice v6 manual spider - would be a nice weekender but would love to know if it will be able to race on the track days.

Thanks all

Joe